Mercy

Orville is trying to get on with his life after his wife was killed in a car accident. His father is mostly taking care of his still unnamed infant daughter while his boss as work is aggressively trying to comfort him. Everything changes when he sees the man responsible for his wife's death. Is someone in this much pain capable of forgiveness?
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Mercy

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  • Michael G. Hilton:
    21 Jul. 2018
    At the beginning, Orville gently cajoles his unnamed daughter to make a sound, any sound, to communicate. This scene brilliantly sets up a play in which each character struggles to recognise and express exactly what is going on inside them, whether it is Brenda trying to explain her failing marriage, Ian struggling to confess what he's done, Walter attempting to speak openly with his son, or Orville coming to terms with his sense of grave responsibility. The arc from isolation to openness, from supression to communicativeness, is strikingly clear and poignant. A tremendous play in every respect! Read, produce immediately!
  • Asher Wyndham:
    20 Dec. 2017
    MERCY is a heartbreaking play about the heart breaking after the death of a loved one. Paralysis, volcanic anger, irrationality -- all that and more intensify Szymkowicz's character-study of Orville. The man earns our empathy from the beginning, even when he's near madness. His descent into vegenance is an action that 99.9% of us wouldn't take; however, that anti-heroic journey pushes him to a difficult choice that reveals so much truth about how humans cope with traumatic pain. Yes, a lot of sadness in this play, but there's also a lot of humor. Produce this play!

Development History

  • Reading
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    New Jersey Rep
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
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    Barefoot Theater
    ,
    2016
  • Reading
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    Azuka Theater
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
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    Wilbury Theater Group
    ,
    2015
  • Reading
    ,
    MCC Theater
    ,
    2013
  • Reading
    ,
    Asylum Theater
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    2013
  • Reading
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    Primary Stages
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    2012

Production History

  • Professional
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    New Jersey Rep
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    2018